February 6, 2013
Couture 'thanks' White after taking job with rival Bellator
By NEIL SPRINGER, QMI Agency
Randy (The Natural) Couture would like to thank UFC president Dana White.
Last week it was revealed the MMA legend signed an exclusive deal with Spike TV, which includes a coaching spot on UFC rival Bellator’s coming reality series, Fight Master: Bellator MMA. He will also host MMA Rescue, where he aids struggling gym owners. On the heels of the announcement, White lashed out at Couture, openly discussing his rocky relationship with the former UFC heavyweight and light-heavyweight champion.
Among White’s comments were that Couture requested to appear on FOX as an analyst during UFC cards. After three broadcasts, he bailed with one event left on his contract to sign with Bellator and Spike. White also claimed Couture lied via text message about negotiating with the competition.
“I’m happy he’s gone forever and he’s with them,” White told a group of reporters following Saturday’s UFC 156 post-fight press conference. “Couture, I don’t respect him at all.